Tuesday, January 26, 2016

REVIEWSDAY TUESDAY: A Review of Keila V. Dawson's The King Cake Baby

TITLE: The King Cake Baby

AUTHOR: Keila V. Dawson
PUBLISHER: Pelican Publishing, 2015 

            In this unique cultural adaptation of The Gingerbread Man, a devious little King Cake Baby escapes an Old Creole woman's kitchen as she prepares to assemble her freshly baked King Cake for King's Day (January 6). 

While the ending won't be much of a surprise to anyone who has read the Gingerbread Man tales, the King Cake Baby's journey is unique to New Orleans and sweetened with rich, cultural details. Best of all, an Easy King Cake Recipe (with Cream Cheese Icing) waits at the end. Comic book artist Vernon Smith's active illustrations are rendered in Mardi Gras colors and add to the festivities. 

AUTHOR BIO: Keila Dawson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Crescent City has remained close to her heart in spite of her work and life abroad and across the USA. She has worked in the Philippines, Japan, Egypt, and on both US coasts as a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant before she became an author. In this, her debut picture book, Keila shares her love of Louisiana culture highlighting a cultural tradition unique to her hometown. Find a FREE study guide to include a glossary, comprehension, math, written expression activities as well as coloring pages and craft ideas printable from her website at www.keiladawson.com

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  1. I didn't realize this is multicultural version of The Gingerbread Man...love it! Thanks so much for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day and for your great book review!! Mia from PragmaticMom

  2. Thank you so very much, Mia, for all you do! And thanks for stopping by My Word Playground.

  3. I adore the fun and tradition-based spin of the Gingerbread Man story in King Cake Baby. So fun! Thanks for being a part of MCCBD2016!

  4. Me, too! Thanks for stopping by My Word Playground. Please stop by again, in the future!

  5. Very fun! This is something I haven't seen before, and I think I know about all children's books. Obviously not, so I appreciate knowing about this story.

  6. So glad to share it with you, Carolyn Wilhelm! Glad to have you stop by, and please visit in the future for reviews, writing tips and inspirations. Thanks!

  7. I love books with recipes! This sounds like a fun version of a classic story. I will look for it! Thank you for the recommendation.

  8. Thanks for visiting, Spanish Playground -- enjoy! And please visit us again at My Word Playground!

  9. I thought this book was wonderful and it gave me excellent insight on a tradition I knew very little about. Thanks for sharing!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the book, and thank you for stopping by My Word Playground. Please check out the archives for writing tips and exercises and please visit us again!